CHARLOTTETOWN - The furor continues. Plans to vaccinate P.E.I children for the swine flu have been put on hold because of a national shortage of vaccine, but Island inmates will continue getting theirs. And now it's been reported that the recently deceased will also get swine flu shots before children receive theirs.
Parents and the living are livid. However, Dr. Heather Morrison, the province's chief health officer, said inmates are considered a priority group because they are in a closed facility. As for the recently deceased, Morrison said "they're also considered a priority group because you can't get a more closed facility than a coffin."
But not everyone is outraged at inmates and the dead receiving shots before children.
"I thought it was great news", said Edgar McKenzie, who recently died after a long battle with cancer. "I was too sick to go stand in the lines to get my shot, but now that I'm dead, I get to go to the front of the line. Hopefully, someone'll carry me there. Yeah, it's too bad for the children, I suppose, but then again, I'm dead. I mean, that's pretty serious."
Another person who is perfectly fine with the way the vaccine is being priortized is Madeline Arsenault. Her son, Lonnie Arsenault, recently died in the Sleepy Hollow Provincial Correctional Facility. "He was in there for hitting his wife and what not, but she's an awful thing, her," says Arsenault. "Anyways, he died in there, and so now he gets two shots. One for being an inmate and one for being dead. He's not going to get the swine flu now. And we was worried he was right at risk, because Lonnie sure liked to fornicate with the pigs."
Officials are advising parents of school age children that if they are truly worried about their children contracting the swine flu, they do have options. "Get your kids to steal something. Or, killing them would be good too," advises Morrison.